OK, campers, rise and shine! Join us this coming Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00pm, for the first of what we hope will be many St. Andrew Film Nights. As we ease carefully into February, watching for black ice and waiting for spring training (well, just spring would be fine), what better way to mark the month than by watching what Jonah Goldberg referred to as, “…what many believe is the best cinematic moral allegory popular culture has produced in decades.”
In other words, we’re watching Groundhog Day, the 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray and directed by the late Harold Ramis. Two days before Punxsutawney Phil looks around for his shadow, we’ll celebrate with this now-classic fantasy of a bitter, arrogant, and just generally unpleasant man who finds himself repeating the same day, every day. It’s been referred to as a modern Pilgrim’s Progress, and has been cited often by theologians of many faiths as inspirational and enlightening. And hey: It’s pretty funny, too.
It’s déjà vu all over again, so come be part of our very own February Eve tradition! We’ll start at 6pm at St. Andrew with a simple meal, but feel free to bring your own favorite movie snacks (we’ll be popping some corn, you betcha). We’ll plan on starting the film around 6:30, and then holding a short discussion afterward for any who want to stay and participate. Let’s explore some of the big ideas, and bigger laughs, together with Groundhog Day.
Of note: Groundhog Day is rated PG, and is suitable for all ages, although some of the scenes might be a little scary for the younger ones, even done with a comic touch. If you’ve never seen it, feel free to email Chuck Sigars (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have concerns.